The former World Cup winner Didier Deschamps has named his 23-man squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Paul Pogba and Antoine Griezmann were among the 23 players named by France manager Didier Deschamps in his provisional squad for the 2018 World Cup, but there was no place for Pogba’s Manchester United team-mate Anthony Martial.
Martial will have to settle for a place in Deschamps’ reserve list, along with Arsenal’s Alexandre Lacazette and Bayern Munich star Kingsley Coman.
France’s official Twitter account shared the full list of reserves:
Deschamps has a host of sparkling attacking talents within his squad, and there is a place for Chelsea’s Olivier Giroud, but his former Arsenal teammate Alexandre Lacazette, Manchester United’s Anthony Martial and Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema are not amongst the names featuring in the French squad, who will head to Russia as one of the tournament favourites.
Tottenham Hotspur’s Hugo Lloris is one of three goalkeepers, while Manchester City’s Benjamin Mendy is amongst the defenders despite missing most of the Premier League campaign through injury.
Giroud is not the only Chelsea player within Deschamps’ squad as midfielder N’Golo Kante features in the 23-man squad, while potential Liverpool target Nabil Fekir is just another notable name in what looks a squad awash with talent in the business end of the field.
The 1998 World Cup winners will be desperate to get their hands on the trophy once again this year, and if Deschamps can get this star-studded squad firing on all cylinders then they will be a force for all nations in what is set to be an epic tournament.
France start their group-stage campaign against Australia in Kazan on 16 June before playing their other Group C matches against Peru and Denmark.
Goalkeepers: Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur), Steve Mandanda (Marseille), Alphonse Areola (Paris Saint-Germain)
Defenders: Djibril Sidibe (Monaco), Benjamin Pavard (Stuttgart), Adil Rami (Marseille), Raphael Varane (Real Madrid), Samuel Umtiti (Barcelona), Presnel Kimpembe (Paris Saint-Germain), Benjamin Mendy (Manchester City), Lucas Hernandez (Atletico Madrid)
Midfielders: Paul Pogba (Manchester United), Blaise Matuidi (Juventus), Corentin Tolisso (Bayern Munich), N’Golo Kante (Chelsea), Steven Nzonzi (Sevilla)
Forwards: Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain), Olivier Giroud (Chelsea), Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid), Ousmane Dembele (Barcelona), Florian Thauvin (Marseille), Thomas Lemar (Monaco), Nabil Fekir (Lyon)